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Poster: xtifr Date: Aug 14, 2004 6:06am
Forum: etree Subject: characters that *will* work in text files

Google for "ascii chart" (and go ahead and click on "I'm Feeling Lucky") to get a list of characters that are guaranteed to work pretty much everywhere. Anything beyond the 96 printable characters on that chart is probably going to cause problems for someone, somewhere.

The main problem (I suspect) is that the world is in the middle of a transition from older, US-centric encodings like latin1 (iso8859-1) to Unicode. Older text files mostly use latin1; newer ones, like yours, Unicode. Unfortunately, it's not easy for a computer to tell the difference, so programs have to guess, and, in this case, seem to have guessed wrong.

And if that explanation doesn't clear things up for you, then I recommend sticking with ascii. :)

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Poster: glenn Date: Aug 14, 2004 7:48am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: characters that *will* work in text files